A Macgyver wannabe
This is my version of a tensioned lazy kate. I used a 1/8-inch wood dowel to hold the bobbins and string to create the 'tension'.
After I finished spinning my first bobbin of singles, I wound it directly onto another bobbin to even it out and set the twist. I think I got the idea from Spinning Jenny's blog. I forgot to do that with my second bobbin of singles. What a difference it makes! When plying the two together, the first bobbin plyed like a dream but the second bobbin gave me fits. Note to self - from now on, wind singles onto another bobbin to even it out and set the twist.
I have an order in for a handcrafted bobbin box that is also a tensioned lazy kate. The gentleman has had some health problems and is busy with shearing, but when the time is right he will build me a beautiful bobbin box. He no longer advertises them but I have seen a picture, and I like it so much that I am happy to wait for it.